63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2020) See All Awards for This Year . Once the poem had finished in its entirety - three minutes of a lament for old Ireland - Fontaines DC took the stage to a dissonant My Bloody Valentine-esque version of Hurricane Laughter ("There is no connection available!"). Carlos would board at Malahide, and Grian at Skerries. Credit: Richard Dumas. Photo: Pooneh Ghana, Fontaines DC on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon', Barry Egan Twitter Asked how the band came into being in college, Conor says: "We originally formed a band at the end of 2014. We robbed his last name because something about his crumbling veneer resonated. View the profiles of people named Grian Chatten. ", And his accommodation was even dingier. Giving an insight into the song itself, the band’s Grian Chatten has said ‘Liberty Belle’ “is a lament to the death of old Dublin, written by people who couldn’t afford the new one.” The band have a handful of shows coming up in 2020 - including a sold out show at London’s Brixton Academy. They are an incredibly committed and talented gang of lads.". Grian has also taken part in numerous episodes of the Minecraft Evolution (or EVO) server. We were kind of Strokes-y. Singer Grian Chatten drones positive statements over an even more repetitive instrumental background, eventually stripping the lyrics of their meaning and leaving you with a strange melancholy.Madeleine Sirois — Grian Chatten. I need to move out. You don't imagine Fontaines DC will ever sell out what they believe in. Me and Grian went to a rehearsal room and wrote Big in about 20 minutes. Both guitarists remember vividly the moment their six-string adventures began. "And if you went down a hallway, it just stopped being a gaff and it went into the outside. Collapse All Results Show All Results. As the year winds down, we’re continuing our look back at the music of these past twelve months with an ongoing series of XPN Best of 2020 deep dives. The That didn't really go anywhere; although it was called Fontaines, and we played different songs. See below for a list of Grian Chatten’s GRAMMY Awards history. Rolling Stone dubbed Grian Chatten a "post-punk Brendan Behan." Dogrel was named BBC Radio 6 Music's Album of the Year, as well as Rough Trade's Album of 2019. See below for a list of Grian Chatten’s GRAMMY Awards history. "And then," says Conor, "after that, it was basically all the songs on the first album. The gig sold out in less than a day. "But you know," adds Trevor, who is from Drumcondra, "Grian could do anything. Q Magazine said that by "striving to find romance and poetry in grim times, Fontaines DC have made a record to fall in love with". ... Ireland with not reverence, but more understanding and more awareness and not reject it as something that belongs to an old and out of fashion generation because I think in the past lies the answer to the future for Ireland. We were sharing poets. We were meeting up in bars in town and drinking pints and talking poetry and trying to write as unforgivingly and as from-the-hip as possible and as honestly as possible. There are no two ways about it — 2020 has been one of the worst and most challenging years in living memory. But there is clearly more to their songs than such a label. “Dublin in the rain is mine, a pregnant city with a Catholic mind,” frontman Grian Chatten announces at the top. Undeterred, Carlos waxes lyrical about the time they arrived in a sleepy Spanish village, and instead of playing in a local pub, they ended up playing in the town's square. On sophomore effort, ‘A Hero’s Death’, frontman, Grian Chatten is less scuzzy flâneur, weathered from incessant touring, opting to turn inward as a result. With long coats, leather and denim jackets, Fontaines DC clearly aren’t part of the rat race. ", Another surreal live performance - beamed out by the BBC - was Fontaines DC's seething show last June at Glastonbury. The album opener “I Don’t Belong” is a defiant rejection of the post-fame life, where Grian Chatten hypnotically repeats the phrase “I don’t belong to anyone” until all the layers stick with you. "Basically, Grian was living with his parents out in Skerries for the entire time we had known him. And that was like the upstairs! That was 2016. Then he finally got a place with Curley in Fairview and got a job," Conor says. Full of inspiration and gritty idealism, they had little in the way of money between them. Meanwhile, Shane MacGowan, Glen Hansard and Fontaines DC’s Grian Chatten are among the big names joining Philo in a new charity edition of his hit Old Town. However, according to frontman Grian Chatten, A Hero’s Death instead refers to a line from a Brendan Behan play. "We write loads of types of songs. We were living in this bungalow in north County Dublin, about 30 miles outside of the city and I was trying to get my dad to buy me a pack of football stickers. © FamousBirthdays.com - use subject to the information collection practices disclosed in our Privacy Policy. Grian: I was probably 16 or 17, Carlos [O’Connell, guitarist] from the band showed me your appearance on a late-night chat show in the ‘80s. Features Uncut-11th December 2020 0. It did not take Grian long to accumulate a loyal group of audience. Our Top 30 new old releases of the year. Meanwhile, Shane MacGowan, Glen Hansard and Fontaines DC’s Grian Chatten are among the big names joining Philo in a new charity edition of his hit Old Town. They sold out the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin in minutes. Fontaines D.C. — A Hero's Death. Paste talked of Chatten as "a frontman blessed with Ian Curtis's intense stare and Mark E Smith's megaphone mouth." England. Grian Chatten To the crowd’s delighted surprise Fontaines D.C. returned on stage to perform an encore of ‘The One In-between’ . He got engaged in 2019 and wed in 2020. But I wanted to show we could write an old-school, Beatles-esque, classic kind of tune. Grian has also taken part in numerous episodes of the Minecraft Evolution (or EVO) server. I started managing them in 2016. Fontaines D.C. remain as defiant and singular as ever. This song feels like 2020, simple as that. We played to 200 people with six cameras on wheels, with Jimmy Fallon sitting beside us. So I was playing his riff on the bass and he was playing my riff on the guitar. What makes total sense, too, is that Fontaines DC - a band which partly personifies the anger at establishment Ireland - have curated and will headline Independent.ie's Rock Against Homelessness in aid of Focus Ireland at the Olympia on March 3. Fuck yeah Fontaines D.C., this is a second album we're all gonna proud of, stoked for, and moved by. Birthday. Grian Chatten. Dirty old town. The Dublin-based quintet fit the mould for what indie-blogosphere and message board dwellers would consider “real music”. To see them not only vie for the Irish No.1 spot but for a top five placing in Britain should be a cause for national celebration. "I wasn't eating or sleeping, and I was into the whole poetic romantic notion of being heartbroken, almost," says Carlos. August Aug 9, 1993 ( age 27) Birthplace. "He got a job in a hotel somewhere in Dublin, working the breakfasts, waking up at 4am every day, making breakfasts and making shit money as well. Grian is a 27-year-old English YouTuber from England, United Kingdom. Most Popular #1707. He has a sister. When he came back, he had a poem that was pretty separate to the music. 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When Curley wrote one of the band's earlier songs, Roy's Tune - "There is no warning, and there is no future" - he was sharing a "squalid shithole" in Fairview with Grian. More so because singer Grian Chatten belts out post-punk songs such as Boys In The Better Land, Big and Too Real in his untamed north Dublin accent. Singer Grian Chatten, bassist Conor Deegan, guitarists Conor Curley and Carlos O’Connell and drummer Tom Coll say their hellos and we walk up to Hyde Park to take photos. Grian Chatten describes the appeal of the flawed character, a man who “walked all right-stuff smiles ‘til he begged the Don for a hand securing a role in a flick. "Grian is probably the most intelligent person I have met in my life. The Dublin band’s eerily empty livestreamed gig perfectly suits their alienated second album Kitty Empire 3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars. Their discussions, involving pretty much everything, reflected the beauty of being young in a banjaxed city like Dublin in 2014, and the deep bond of friendship that had grown between them. We weren't thinking about 10 million or whatever people watching their TVs. Can either of you remember the first time you wanted to be a writer? Their debut single, Liberty Bell, in April 2017, and then Hurricane Laughter, announced them as a different class to the rest of what was around. I remember Carlos giving me his book of Walt Whitman. Fontaines D.C. have spoken out for the first time on their surprise Grammy nod, likening the landmark moment to receiving “a phone call from space”. Sections, Mercury Prize-nominated: Fontaines DC. I watched them develop extremely quickly. For Television Screen, Carlos had a riff and I had a riff. Carlos O'Connell remembers being 19 years old, and meeting Grian Chatten, who was a year younger, on the train to Dublin - and the heady talks they would have about life and love, Joyce and Lorca, on their way into Dublin. Fontaines DC’s Grian Chatten: ‘I’m in an emotional flux ... Covid-19: Majority feel old way of working not worth the commute - poll 00:01. The five became a band of brothers, united in their love of poetry, punk and pints. There are no two ways about it — 2020 has been one of the worst and most challenging years in living memory. He has collaborated on videos with his friend and fellow YouTuber Taurtis. I ask Trevor in particular about Grian, who was away in Paris at the time of these interviews. Singer/shouter Grian Chatten, ... “But the student body had ideas about the way a singer or a band should be, they were 18-year-old kids with stars in their eyes and dreams of success. I have a sort of soft spot for the accent as well because I was … But then it kind of made sense." The Dublin band’s eerily empty livestreamed gig perfectly suits their alienated second album Kitty Empire 3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars. Grian Chatten's band also has the distinction of honouring literature and poetry just as much as rock'n'roll and folk music. That old trope? Their rabble-rousing, literate-punk rough’n’tumble, vocalised by chewy Dublin-accented Grian Chatten, ignited a passion that made the five-piece, from out of nowhere, one of the best live rock bands in the British Isles. We would have worked on that one for ages. We sat down and came up with a plan, and it worked. Nominations. Birth Sign. O’Connell was born in Madrid, Curley in County Monaghan, bassist Conor Deegan and drummer Tom Coll in County Mayo and Chatten in Barrow-In-Furness. Unapologetically literate, angry and always audible. "The band weren't happy," laughs Carlos. He set up his channel in November 2009 and the oldest video on the channel dates back to August 2014. Singer Grian Chatten, bassist Conor Deegan, guitarists Conor Curley and Carlos O’Connell and drummer Tom Coll say their hellos and we walk up to Hyde Park to take photos. clockwise from left: Arlo Parks, Fontaines DC, Devon Gilfillian, Katie Pruitt. Then we swapped them. Banging a tambourine, Grian sang to 10 million people on American prime-time about, "You know I love that violence that you get around here/That kind of ready-steady violence" (Liberty Belle), and before that, on Boys In The Better Land, he sang about a taxi driver he'd met: "Driver's got names to fill two double barrels/He spits out, 'Brits out', only smokes Carrolls". He is also the funniest. We kept the same name because we were kind of going for a while in Dublin.". Hell hath no fury like the skin-vibrating intensity of Fontaines DC, the post-punk Dublin band who have shot to near-global recognition, thanks to a heady cocktail of old-school anarchy and frontman Grian Chatten’s Ian Curtis-esque shout-spoken word. Grian was born in Barrow-in-Furness in England to an English mother and an Irish father; he moved to Ireland when he was two months old. "He was living in Fairview in this converted office block," recalls Conor. Or a pint of Guinness.). Menu We always respect each other's ideas. Grian Chatten's voice is stronger, fuller and more nuanced than ever. 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